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Is a hot dog a sandwich? Nathan's eating contest is time to tell truth

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Is a hot dog a sandwich? Nathan's eating contest is time to tell truth

Hi guys, Jess Kleinschmidt here to ruin your day. Just kidding. Kind of.

But I am here to bring a take -- a very hot take I have been sitting on for the past five years, and the Fourth of July is the perfect time of year to bring said take.

Ahem, here we go.

A hot dog is a sandwich. There ... I said it.

Now, I want you to know I do have some backup on this. 

For me, it's pretty simple. If you can put a piece of meat on a split roll -- BOOM! -- you have a sandwich.

One definition of a sandwich is when you have "two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between." That is from Merriam-Webster.com, fam.

*DROPS MIC*

"Sandwich" also is defined as one slice of bread covered with food, so don't act as if you've never run out of buns and used a piece of bread instead. Because you have. And so has Atlanta Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson.


So did Steph Curry when we asked him a couple of years back.


And when a hot dog is served in a roll, it's also a sandwich. Again, Webster said this, so get angry with him, not me. 

Jeff Mauro, host of Food Network's "Sandwich King," weighed in on the debate with "The Daily Beast" after he admitted, "People argue over this like sports."

“The definitive answer is yes!" he said. "Because there is the kingdom of sandwiches, and then you have the class of horizontal-cased meats, and under that in the phylum is a hot dog.

"It’s between carbs. It’s hand-held. It eats and chews like a sandwich, and there are two independent sides.”

Now, this could create debate on what exactly is defined as a roll, but you can argue amongst yourselves because I have enough on my plate.

For fun, I also bring in other sources to back you die-hard non-sandwichers.

One, Joey Chestnut -- the hot dog eating champion of the world -- has told me it's definitely not a sandwich. He's also told MLB.com's Cut4 the same.

That's right -- I came to class prepared.

Two, The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (yes, that's a thing) made a call:

"Our verdict is … a hot dog is an exclamation of joy, a food, a verb describing one 'showing off' and even an emoji. It is truly a category unto its own."

So basically, a hot dog is a just ... a hot dog, according to the council. 

Some have even called it ... a taco

Despite how you feel about what category -- or what family the hot dog belongs to -- people everywhere are fascinated by this question, especially this time of year when ESPN hosts Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Bay Area native Chestnut again will participate in the contest we love to hate-watch.

The annual event will air on ESPN at 7:45 a.m. PT for the women and 9 a.m. PT for the men. 

Hope you enjoy celebrating America and watching women and men stuff their faces with ... sandwiches. 

NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California reveal brand-new studio

NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California reveal brand-new studio

NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California are about to get a whole new look. 

The home of Authentic Bay Area Sports will unveil its new state-of-the-art studio Saturday at 6:30 p.m. with "Sharks Pregame Live."

The sleek 2,270 square-foot studio boasts an interactive demo area and multiple anchor and reporter positions designed for movement and flexibility. 

“Our new studios will provide our anchors, analysts and insiders the ability to provide the region’s most comprehensive, informative and entertaining sports coverage across multiple platforms,” NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California Senior Vice President and General Manager Matt Murphy said in a statement. "We’ve created a world-class facility that is designed for innovation and the creation of compelling content for local sports fans.”

Every part of the studio can be used as a broadcast location, thanks to the litany of large displays integrated into its architecture, and a sleek LED display running the length of the studio forms the backdrop for the main anchor area. Located at the network's headquarters at 360 3rd Street in San Francisco, the studio includes 120 LED tiles in all: 75 are in the walls, and 45 are on the demo area's floor.

The studio, which was designed as part of a partnership between NBC Sports and the design group at Jack Morton Worldwide, primarily will serve as the main set for Warriors, Giants and 49ers pregame and postgame shows, as well as news updates, press conferences, breaking news and magazine shows.

A secondary studio will debut with "Sharks Pregame Live" on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., and it primarily will host NBC Sports California's pre- and postgame shows, news updates, press conferences and breaking news. 

How to watch UFC Fight Night Sacramento: Live stream, start time, TV info

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How to watch UFC Fight Night Sacramento: Live stream, start time, TV info

A pair of hometown heroes headline UFC Fight Night Sacramento on Saturday at Golden 1 Center. 

Urijah Faber (34-10-0) will fight for the first time since Dec. 17, 2016, coming out of retirement to fight Ricky Simon (15-1-0) about 15 miles from Faber's collegiate alma mater of University of California, Davis. Faber isn't lacking motivation coming out of retirement, and can give the crowd in Sacramento something to cheer about.

So, too, can Folsom native Aspen Ladd (8-0-0). She is undefeated in her pro career, but will face a more difficult opponent in Germaine de Randaime than at any point so far in her career. 

Here's the full card, which gets underway at 5 p.m. PT:

Undercard: Marvin Vettori (12-4-1) vs. Cezar Ferreira (13-7-0) [men's middleweight]
Undercard: Karl Roberson (7-2-0) vs. Wellington Turman (15-2-0) [men's middleweight]
Undercard: Josh Emmett (14-2-0) vs. Mirsad Bektić (13-1-0) [men's featherweight]
Co-main: Urijah Faber (34-10-0) vs. Ricky Simon (15-1-0) [men's bantamweight]
Main event: Germaine de Randamie (8-3-0) vs. Aspen Ladd (8-0-0) [women's bantamweight]

Here are the preliminary bouts, which begin at 2 p.m. PT:

Mike Rodriguez (9-3-0) vs. John Allan (13-5-0) [men's light heavyweight]
Andre Fili (19-6-0) vs. Sheymon Moraes (11-3-0) [men's featherweight]
Julianna Peña (8-3-0) vs. Nicco Montaño (4-2-0) [women's bantamweight]
Darren Elkins (24-7-0) vs. Ryan Hall (7-1-0) [men's featherweight]
Pingyuan Liu (13-5-0) vs. Jonathan Martinez (10-2-0) [men's bantamweight]
Lívia Renata Souza (13-1-0) vs. Brianna van Buren (8-2-0) [women's strawweight]
Benito Lopez (9-1-0) vs. Vince Morales (9-3-0) [men's bantamweight]

[RELATED: Predictions for UFC Fight Night Sacramento]

Here's how you can watch UFC Fight Night Sacramento on TV and online. 

Date: Saturday, July 13 at 2 p.m. PT (prelims) and 5 p.m. PT (main event)
TV: ESPN (prelims)
Live Stream: ESPN+ (main event)